The Amazing Power of Knowing Scripture! (“If I were teaching” – week 6)

- some of the Bibles on my bookshelf This weekend's "If I were teaching" post is going to focus - albeit very briefly - on the scriptures. In the chapter (10 Life-Charged Words), I focused on three keywords: SCRIPTURE: The sacred writings of the Bible.LOGOS: A ground, order, knowledge; the animating principle of divinity; the …

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The Word, the words, and the invitation (the imperative) to struggle

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.”But Jacob replied, “I will not …

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What is your big “2020 Covid” project

The discipline of putting other things aside in order to worship together has an absolute spiritual benefit! - DM - Derek Maul lives and writes in North Carolina I don't know if you have invested yourself in one of those "2020 Covid Projects"? But a lot of people are doing some interesting things, using the …

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from the lips of children (sweet hosannas!)

The leading priests and the teachers of religious law saw these wonderful miracles and heard even the children in the Temple shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David.” But the leaders were indignant. They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they …

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healthy men’s ministry: a critical demographic for church vitality

A men's ministry that encourages guys to practice the presence of God in their day-to-day lives, and then to share openly about those experiences, actively encouraging one-another in day-to-day faith, is - I believe - a critical emphasis if we want the church to be vital, alive, healthy, and growing.

fall color in Wake Forest – and the armor of God

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. - Ephesians 6:13 Here in North Carolina this has been a beautiful week of emerging fall colors and "windows-wide-open" temperatures. It's also been …

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John, Paul, George… and the rest of the guys: the gospel of peace

Ephesians 6:15 - As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. (NRSV) For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. (NLT) Wednesday evening I met with my small group Bible study for men at WFPC; Ray, John, …

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coffee rings on the word

COFFEE RINGS: I have just two short devotional observations this morning. Both are - I believe - important reminders as we engage yet another new day as people who intend to live like we mean it. First, as we finished breakfast and I walked Rebekah out to her car, I noticed my open Bible and coffee …

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